The Salem State University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi has chosen Sydney Addorisio as the recipient of this year's graduate school fellowship.
Majoring in Biology with a concentration in Biomedical Science and a minor in Chemistry, Sydney is graduating from Salem State University with a 4.0 GPA and is currently considering between graduate schools. During her time, she was part of the Honors College and completed a thesis entitled, "Investigating FDA-APproved Anti-Tumor Drugs for Effects on Template-Switch Mutagenesis (TSM) in E.coli." A member of the Laranjo lab, Sydney has engaged deeply in her academic research while also publishing a review paper and presenting at several conferences.
A recipient of several scholarships during her time at Salem State University, including one from the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science to help fund her presentation at a national conference, Sydney has also served as president of Alpha Lambda Delta (the first-year honor society) on campus, student vice-president of Phi Kappa Phi, a supplemental instructor for organic chemistry, and a resident assistant.
In her application, Sydney stated that she wants "to do my part" as she strives to "understand the problems and find solutions." One of her references states that she "is looking to have an impact on the world around her, for the benefit not of herself, but for others." Phi Kappa Phi is extremely proud to support her on that journey.
Sydney will now represent Salem State on the national level for a potential $8,500, $20,000 or $35,000 graduate school fellowship.
Mathew R Chetnik